About the Artist

About the Artist

Kelly Berg (b. 1986, Concord, Massachusetts) was raised in Minneapolis, Minnesota and is currently based in Los Angeles, CA. She received her BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design in 2008. Berg has presented solo exhibitions at Craig Krull Gallery, Melissa Morgan Fine Art, The Pete and Susan Barrett Art Gallery at Santa Monica College, and The Lancaster Museum of Art and History. Most recently Berg was the featured outdoor installation artist at the Laguna Art Museum for Art and Nature 2022, creating her interactive sculptural exhibition “Pyramidion”, featuring several reflective pyramids placed in the landscape of Laguna Beach. Her work has also been featured in group exhibitions at many notable venues including USC Fisher Museum of Art, Museo Ercolanense Portici - Napoli in Italy, The Los Angeles International Airport, The Ronald H. Silverman Fine Arts Gallery at California State University, The Frederick R. Weisman Museum of Art at Pepperdine University, and The Manhattan Beach Arts Center. Berg’s work is part of the permanent collection of The Lancaster Museum of Art and History and The Frederick R. Weisman Art Foundation in addition to numerous private and corporate collections. Berg was an artist-in-residence at the Art 1307 Cultural Institution in Naples, Italy (2019) and at Boxo Projects in Joshua Tree, California (2021). During both residencies she created works in dialogue with the landscape and the unique geologic features specific to those locations. Her work has been reviewed in White Hot Magazine, Artillery, Art Miami Magazine, Quiet Lunch, Art Now LA, Art & Cake, and Easy Reader News, and was also the subject of an episode of Santa Monica City TV’s “Wave Arts and Culture” television series. She has had features and interviews in The Daily Pilot, Stu News, Curator, and Art Now LA.

Kelly Berg’s paintings and mixed media sculptural works explore the ever-shifting nature of our world. Known for her compositions depicting the movement of tectonic plates, volcanic eruptions, and dramatic geologic formations, Berg’s works offer a new perspective within the context of contemporary landscape and the sublime. The integration of geometric forms within her compositions and the reoccurring imagery of pyramids emerging from dark rifts in the earth create a visual framework that symbolizes a convergence of the human and natural worlds. Integral to the work is Berg’s own personal experiences and physical presence in the landscapes she depicts. Her process includes conducting her own research projects, plein air drawing, and photography of the specific geological and archeological sites that she is compelled to create her work about. In her paintings, she uses an adaption of the Renaissance Grisaille technique with acrylics, creating a luminous effect through many layers of glazes. Some of Berg’s works occupy the space between painting and sculpture using metal mesh, plexiglass shards, and the extension of the painting to the sides of the canvas to suggest topographies and geologic formations. Through Berg’s techniques and imagery she creates a visual tension between danger and beauty and the overall sense of a world constantly in flux. She references her experiences observing the various stages of volcanic eruptions of Kilauea in Hawaii and the cycle of destruction and creation of new land as the framework for her own world view and that which she depicts in her art. Emanating light and the overall mysterious quality of Berg’s landscapes ultimately offer a sense of optimism and express a spiritual connection with the natural world.

Photo by Alan Shaffer, 2019. Kelly Berg is pictured with her paintings included in her exhibition "Textured Environments" at the Pete and Susan Barrett Gallery at Santa Monica College (Santa Monica, CA).